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Disturbing the comfortable & comforting the disturbed.

Staff thoughts and life lessons about poverty, injustice, leadership, religion and other social issues in the world today.

2018 Mid-year Update

Thoughts by Charlene Stinson – 6 minute read

Hungry For Life is passionate about facilitating changed lives. We want to see the world transformed. And, to see that happen, it will mean lives changed both spiritually and physically all around the globe. We believe these two are connected.

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“What You Do With What You Know” (Lillianna’s Song)

Thoughts by Charlene Stinson – 2 minute read

She was just one face in an endless sea of faces that all speak the same story. I met her quite accidentally. She had just arrived at a small orphan home in Africa; bruised, abused, and damaged, an orphan whose life had been counted as worthless. Afraid, distant and detached—something about the look in her eyes stuck to me. Her picture never left my mind, and Lillianna never left my heart. Her story inspired a bold venture to make a difference for Lillianna and the children of the Mukumu Children’s Home in Kakamega, Kenya. Two teams and more than 30 people raised more than $250,000 and took the trip to Kenya - building, planting, painting, and sharing in the lives of this child and 32 others like her. We witnessed the transforming power of love in action. The truth is, it really doesn’t take much to change someone’s world—just a decision to do something with the knowledge that you have.

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fear . less

Thoughts by Charlene Stinson – 3 minute read

If I were to be completely honest with my thoughts about the state of the Church in North America, (of which I am part), I think I would say that, to a significant degree, the Church seems to be controlled by fear. We easily welcome, accept, and even recommend a risk-free life. We teach caution to our children (not always a bad idea!), and build walls of protection around our lives and ministries.

Yet, nothing in scripture gives even a hint of approval to this way of thinking for the Jesus follower.

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I Surrender

Thoughts by Charlene Stinson – 3 minute read

Surrender. That’s a difficult thing for anyone, and particularly within the context of the Kingdom of God, where the pursuit of Christ-likeness is both our calling and our highest priority. This is a different economy, where we play by a different set of rules and are called to live believing that instead of a life-long quest for self-improvement and self-awareness, our great accomplishment should be the act of dying to self. Like Jesus did. And, we need to look like Him, more and more and ever more - if we would see Him made famous in our time, in our world.

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So this is love

Thoughts by Charlene Stinson – 2 minute read

I’ve had a lot of opportunity to think lately about what it is that compels me to “run into the darkness”... what is it that makes this born-and-bred North American girl, with a tendency toward cleanliness and comfort, spend so much time in the darkest and most uncomfortable places of the world?

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